Children’s Information – Who Cares? By Maarten Sprenger

Posted: February 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm  |  By: Miriam Rasch  |  Tags: , , , ,

'For children searching the internet is like riding a roller coaster in an amusement park. How to choose one’s own route and get useful hits when searching? How to avoid delay and distraction? How to distinguish between nonsense and reliable resources? It’s hard for adults, but even harder for children.' Children’s Information – Who Cares? By Maarten Sprenger

Maarten Sprenger is the author of a recently published book for children and adults about searching for valuable information online (in Dutch: Slim zoeken op internet). He has extended experience in teaching about online search and also maintains a search engine especially for children: 8-12.info. On the conference Society of the Query #2 he talked about search engines for children and online search from an educational perspective.

For the Society of the Query resources collection, Maarten Sprenger wrote an extensive participatory observation and literature review of best practices from the field of information literacy and educational information retrieval by children aged 8 to 12 years. It is available on the Society of the Query website. Read, discuss and share your thoughts!

Children’s Information – Who Cares? By Maarten Sprenger

De Macht van Google: debat op 16 nov in de Waag

Posted: November 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , , , ,

DMVG

Debat en boeklancering: De Macht van Google
Datum: 16 november 2010
Locatie: De Waag, Nieuwmarkt Amsterdam
Deur open: 15.30u, aanvang: 16u
Aanmelden verplicht: michelle@waag.org
Meer informatie: http://www.demachtvangoogle.nl/

Pim van der Feltz, directeur van Google Nederland, gaat op dinsdag 16 november vanaf 16.00 in debat over ‘de macht van Google’ met onder meer journalist Peter Olsthoorn.

Het debat is tevens de lancering van Olsthoorns recente publicatie: 'De Macht van Google. Werkt Google voor jou of werk jij voor Google?' Dit is het eerste complete Nederlandse boek over geschiedenis en strategie van Google en wat dat voor ons, klanten van Google, betekent.

De macht van Google wordt als mogelijk bedreigend ervaren op twee belangrijke terreinen: ten eerste de groeiende afhankelijkheid van Google als poort naar informatie die we relevant achten, in onderwijs, wetenschap, cultuur en economie; daarnaast met de vele persoonlijke data die gebruikers aan Google toevertrouwen met hun zoekopdrachten en surfgedrag, wat Google vastlegt en tijdelijk opslaat.

In inleidingen zullen eerst vier sprekers kort vertellen wat hen in Google intrigeert:
Vincent Everts verhaalt over zijn gebruik van (web)diensten van Google zoals YouTube, Gmail, Docs, Maps, Earth en systemen als Android en Chrome.
Geert Lovink zet uiteen welke bevindingen naar boven kwamen met congressen over het zoeken naar informatie die hij de afgelopen jaren mede organiseerde met het Institute of Network Cultures in Wenen en Amsterdam.
Pim van der Feltz zal vervolgens kort uiteenzetten hoe Google omgaat met innovatie, haar gebruikers en de verantwoordelijkheid die groei met zich meebrengt.
Peter Olsthoorn zal met enkele passages uit zijn boek duiden waar hij de macht die gebruikers Google toeschuiven ziet groeien.

Daarop zal het overgrote deel van de bijeenkomst zijn gewijd aan debat over Google, de snelle groei van zijn macht en de bedreigingen zoals van sociale media als Facebook. Het wordt geleid door Marleen Stikker, ondermeer directeur van De Waag.

Over het boek:
Titel: De macht van Google. Werkt Google voor jou of werk jij voor Google?
Auteur: Peter Olsthoorn
Paperback, 240 pagina’s
ISBN 978 90 215 4899 9
Prijs: € 12,95
Verschijningsdatum: 20 oktober 2010
http://www.demachtvangoogle.nl/

Search Engine Theory Book Reviews

Posted: June 17, 2009 at 9:13 am  |  By: sabine  |  Tags: , , ,

As the INC is preparing for a conference on search engines, titled The Society of the Query, research intern Dennis Deicke is delving deep into search engine theory. His book reviews can be read on the preliminary conference site www.networkcultures.org/query. Dennis has published his first review, which covers David Gugerli's Suchmaschinen, Die Welt als Datenbank. The review can be read here.

Report of Deep Search: The Digital Future of Finding Out // Part 2

Posted: November 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm  |  By: Shirley Niemans  |  Tags: , ,

part 1

Session 2: Search Engines and Power

Theo Röhle – Dissecting the Gatekeepers

Theo Röhle is a PhD candidate in media culture at Hamburg University. His dissertation seeks to establish Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) and Foucauldian concepts of power within search engine research.

Where does the power of search engines exist? One position of power is established in everyday discourse through images of anxiety and fear. Giving power a face however, tends to obscure the complex relations underlying it. As ANT suggests, there is no fixed source of power, just a temporary stabilization of a network.

Defining the actors in the power network, Röhle locates the search engine as intermediary between user and transparency, and between webmaster and attention. As Google enters the picture, it diverts all actions through its own network. From an ANT perspective, this makes it the obligatory passage point for both user and webmaster.

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Report of Deep Search: The Digital Future of Finding Out // Part 1

Posted: November 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm  |  By: Shirley Niemans  |  Tags: , ,

This Saturday, November 8, I had the pleasure of attending the well organized World-Information Institute conference Deep Search: The Digital Future of Finding Out in Vienna, Austria. With Deep Search, conference editors Konrad Becker and Felix Stalder set out to address the social and cultural dimension as well as the information politics and societal implications of search. An impressive line-up of eight speakers, divided over the sessions ‘Search Engines and Civil Liberties’, ‘Search Engines and Power’ and ‘Making Things Visible’, promised to make it an information-dense and interesting day.

As this will be a rather full report, I will post it in two parts. Be sure to keep an eye on the conference website, as the organizers promise to make a full video archive of the conference speeches available soon.

Keynotes

Paul Duguid - The World According to Grep: Both Sides of the Search Revolution

After a timely start and a word of welcome, Konrad Becker introduced the first speaker of the event: Paul Duguid, former consultant at Xerox PARC (1989-2001) and author of The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business School Press, 2000). Currently, Duguid teaches History of Information and Quality of Information at the University of California in Berkeley.

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